Workshop Spotlight: A Taste of Blacksmithing


It's hot and sweaty and definitely hard work. Get your mind out of the gutter! I'm talking about blacksmithing. This workshop is not for the faint of heart; it requires a lot of work and the conditions will be hot... duh! Speaking from experience, its easily one of the most fun I've ever had! Plus, how often do you get to say, "I know blacksmithing?" 

The blacksmithing workshop is an introduction to the fundamental techniques and tooling for forging, joining, and finishing steel into utilitarian forms such as hardware, cutlery, furniture, utensils, and architectural objects.  

Safety Equipment Required:

  • personal safety glasses - I recommend a decent pair that fit comfortably, as you will be required to wear them the entire time while working in the studio. 
  • a pair of good-fitting leather gloves - The need not be heavy welding gloves; garden style leather gloves will suffice. 
  • wear a full-leather shoe - no need for heavy boots. Leather tennis shoes or hiking boots will work just fine. 

We have earplugs available and all tools and metal will be supplied. 

Bill Price is a working artist/blacksmith, and full-time assistant professor of Metal Arts and Sculpture at Memphis College of Art. In 2006 he earned a master’s degree in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has a BFA from Memphis College of Art. Bill maintains a studio and blacksmith shop, making both functional and sculptural pieces for private and corporate collections. He has shown work extensively, in both juried and invitational exhibitions, throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Bill has been nominated for the 2013 Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration and two Niche Awards. His work has recently been added to the permanent collections of the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock and the Kamm Teapot Foundation in Sparta, NC. Most recently, Bill was the recipient of the 2016 NICHE Award in the enameled metals category.